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Nationalism som en kvasireligion: En studie av British National Partys politiska texter
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Nationalism as a Quasi-religion : A study of British National Party's Political Documents (English)
Abstract [en]

There have been various results in research focused on why people are attracted to religion and religious movements. This is also the case with the reasons why people are attracted to far–right nationalist movements. The focus of this thesis is to analyze British National Party’s political documents after nationalistic quasi-religious elements.

If nationalism was to be seen as a form of religion or as a substitute for religion the result could be a better understanding of why people are attracted to nationalist movements in general, and also to far-right movements. By stating that nationalism is a quasi-religion which can function as a substitute for religion, this thesis attempts to show how the attraction of religion and nationalism has on people can be similar. Therefore, one of the conclusions of this thesis is that theories based upon religion, such as religious sect theories, can also be applied to nationalist and nationalist far-right movements. The main conclusion of this thesis is that British National Party’s political documents do contain quasi-religious elements.

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Keyword [sv]
Nationalism, British National Party, BNP, kvasireligion, nationalistiska partier, politik, nationalistisk politik, högerextremism
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28510OAI: diva2:643301
Subject / course
Religious Studies
Educational program
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2013-09-01 Created: 2013-08-26 Last updated: 2013-09-01Bibliographically approved

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